University of Cambridge expert highlighted need for clarity in establishing appropriate legal standards
Hamad Bin Khalifa University’s (HBKU) College of Law recently hosted Dr. Catherine MacKenzie, Director, Studies in Law and Land Economy, Homerton College, University of Cambridge, for a talk about the importance of environmental law and the need to appreciate it as separate from the relatively new body of law concerning climate change.
Dr. MacKenzie’s lecture underlined the importance of understanding biodiversity, forests, and agriculture and the existing environmental law regime. She shared her insights into the imperative need for clarity and guidance in establishing and enforcing relevant legal norms.
She also gave her perspective into the evolving landscape of international environmental law and explored its intersection with climate change regulations.
Dean Susan L. Karamanian of the College of Law gave introductory remarks, while Professor Damilola Olawuyi, SAN, Associate Dean for Research and UNESCO Chairholder on Environmental Law and Sustainable Development, moderated the discussion with Dr. MacKenzie.
“Environmental law took hold beginning in the late 1960s and recognized the importance of local communities taking specific measures to combat water and air pollution, for example. Over the years, as Professor MacKenzie reminded us, the focus on certain resources, such as trees, both as to planting and protecting them, has had many positive environmental consequences. In the rush to tackle climate change Dr. MacKenzie reminded us not to lose sight of local solutions. Our discussion with Dr. MacKenzie underscored the College’s commitment to addressing today’s legal challenges with a future-oriented view and working closely with top-tier local and international partners to help build expertise and research capacity in Qatar and beyond,” said Dean Karamanian.
Situated at a global crossroad of culture, business, and geopolitics, the College of Law represents a hub for promoting an understanding of the importance of the rule of law across the world. The College’s faculty brings substantial expertise to contemporary legal issues of profound relevance to Qatar, the region and beyond.